ArtsKC Names Dana Knapp as President & CEO
ArtsKC has selected Dana Knapp as President & CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She has served as Interim President & CEO since January 1, 2017 and will begin her new role immediately.
Ms. Knapp has served as Director of Programs for the Mid-America Arts Alliance for nearly four years, overseeing all regional and national programs, including grant making, touring exhibitions, and professional development for arts professionals. She also led the development of a new strategic plan, establishing a revised repertoire of regional programs that serve arts organizations and artists. For nearly 20 years, she worked at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as Director of Planning. During her tenure, she led the Bloch Building construction and the renovation of the Nelson-Atkins building, including oversight of the capital expansion and associated planning. She also served as leader of the exhibition design team and as a practicing designer.
Ms. Knapp is a founding board member of the Center for Architecture and Design, board member for the Mattie Rhodes Center, volunteer at PREP-KC, and member of the ArtsKC Advisory Council. She earned a bachelor of fine arts in design and a bachelor of fine arts in history of art from University of Kansas, School of Fine Arts. She also holds a master of public administration in nonprofit administration from The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri, Kansas City.
In making the announcement, Chairman of the ArtsKC Board of Directors Brad Douglas said, “Dana brings tremendous experience in the Kansas City arts and civic communities, strategic leadership skills, and a passion for the Kansas City area and its arts culture. She has served our nonprofit community in several programmatic, fundraising, and leadership levels throughout her career, giving her a breadth of perspective and experience, not to mention deep ties in our community.”
“I am excited to continue the strategic planning, community outreach, and oversight of ArtsKC programs and services as ArtsKC continues its critical role in promoting, supporting, and advocating for the arts throughout the Kansas City region,” said Ms. Knapp. “It’s my privilege to be given the opportunity to lead such a talented staff and to work with such an engaged board.”
“ACG extends its congratulations to ArtsKC and to Dana Knapp on her appointment as President & CEO,” said ACG Vice President Jenna Deja. “Ms. Knapp brings a wealth of experience in strategic leadership and arts advocacy. We are confident that her commitment to promoting the arts will enhance the quality of life throughout all Kansas City communities.”